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Rapid City Regional Hospital (RCRH) Laboratory will be offering a Meningitis/Encephalitis (ME) Pathogen Panel starting May 3rd, 2016. 


The FilmArray Meningitis/Encephalitis (ME) Panel is designed to address the need for quick and accurate identification of central nervous system infectious agents by using a comprehensive panel to test cerebrospinal fluid for the 14 most common pathogens responsible for community-acquired meningitis or encephalitis including viruses, bacteria and yeast.


The ME panel will dramatically reduce the time to report results on patients suspected of having meningitis or encephalitis with results available within 3 hours of specimen receipt. The panel will be offered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Organisms that can be identified using the FilmArray ME Panel:                                                                     





Escherichia coli K1


Neisseria meningitidis

Haemophilus influenzae


Streptococcus agalactiae

Listeria monocytogenes


Streptococcus pneumoniae




Cytomegalovirus (CMV)


Enterovirus (EV)

Human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6)


Herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1)

Human parechovirus (HPeV)


Herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2)

Varicella zoster virus (VZV)






Cryptococcus neoformans/gatti